The Limits of Privacy Self Defense in 1918

What does FTC history tell us about hacking back and taking action to engage in privacy self-defense? Back in 1918, it issued a cease and desist order against a company that dealt with nosy competitors by crashing delivery trucks into them. The FTC ordered the company to stop “causing any of [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][its] trucks…to collide with automobiles owned and operated by any competitor…at times when the automobiles of such competitor may be following the trucks of…The Brown Co.”

FTC v. American Agricultural Chemical Co. and the Brown Co., 1 FTC 226 (1918)